Hurricane Harvey: National Appeal to Help Those Devastated in Houston

HOUSTON, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — As the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey continue to unfold across the Greater Houston area, United Way of Greater Houston is making a national appeal for support because of the massive recovery effort that will be needed.

One hundred percent (100%) of every contribution to United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey with both immediate, basic needs such as food, shelter and medicine, as well as the long-term recovery services that come later such as case management, minor home repair and other essentials needed to begin the recovery process.

To give to the United Way Relief Fund, visit or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

“Because the devastation is so widespread, we have heard from people around the nation who want to make a difference —and the best way to do that is to make a gift to the local relief fund,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “All monies given to the fund will be used to help those most impacted by Hurricane Harvey to recover.”  She added that every gift from individuals or companies, in any amount, is welcome and will help in this unprecedented effort.

The Houston Texans football team, the NFL Foundation, global energy company Anadarko and the philanthropic Kinder Foundation have each donated $1 million to the relief fund.  Babin noted that, since the fund was announced, donations have been coming in steadily in from across Houston and around the country.

“We want to thank everyone who has given for responding to this urgent call for help for our community,” said Babin.  “Our first priority is safety, shelter and basic needs for those who are most impacted by the storm. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts, which will be an unprecedented in scope because of the number of people impacted.”

About United Way of Greater Houston
For more than 95 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. Last year, United Way of Greater Houston touched the lives nearly 2 million of our neighbors in the Bay Area and in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community. For more information, please visit,